Archive for June, 2011

It’s the same old song

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Bill Clinton presumably didn’t do much to smooth over his family feud with “upstart” President Barack Obama — running scared from today’s already heavily understated jobless numbers — when the former president came up with a plan, published in last week’s Newsweek, called “14 Ways to Put America Back to Work.” It would have been […]

Exodus from the Cargo Cult

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Perhaps you have heard of the Cargo Cults. If you’re going to pin your hopes of maintaining a military presence in the Pacific on a vast peninsular fortress like Singapore, the “Gibraltar of the East,” you might want to make sure Japanese soldiers can’t ride down the Malay peninsula on bicycles and turn off your […]

In favor of annual flooding and the Liberty Dollar

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Lots of media coverage of flooding in the Midwest and South this spring, presumably because there was lots of flooding. I’m sure this either proves or disproves that the globe is warming, or both. (It also reminds us that, if we could really afford a big new national public works project, which we can’t, piping […]

Barack and the efficiency expert

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

In a 1967 episode of “The Lucy Show,” efficiency expert Oliver Kasten (Phil Silvers) takes over Mr. Mooney’s office and commandeers his secretary, Lucy, turning her into his order-barking clone. When a major client wants a million dollar loan, “Kasten and Lucy visit their assembly line and start making changes.” President Obama announced a new […]

He kept arms. He bore arms. So they shot him dead.

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

They don’t look like cops to me. Dressed in helmets and camouflage fatigues and carrying .223 rifles handed down from the U.S. Army, they look like some ragtag Third World militia as they shuffle up to a suburban front door in broad daylight in a shambling, casual cluster that no non-com who’s ever seen the […]

The right to have someone give me anything I want

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Is health care a right? You can die without heath care, so it must be a right. Right? You can also die without food. Is food a right? We’re not likely to make much progress here — beyond name-calling — until we figure out what a Constitutional right IS. First, when we call the first […]